About Us 2019-07-31T13:17:36+00:00

Mission Statement

RWA’s mission is to promote wireless opportunities for rural telecommunications companies through advocacy and education in a manner that best represents the interests of its membership.

Advocate for Rural Wireless Carriers

RWA is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers who each serve fewer than 100,000 subscribers. RWA’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient, and innovative wireless technologies to the populations of remote and underserved sections of the country.

RWA’s members provide mobile and fixed wireless services to their subscribers and support the subscribers of larger carriers while roaming in their rural service areas. RWA’s members are small businesses serving or seeking to serve secondary, tertiary and rural markets. Our membership is comprised of both independent wireless carriers and wireless carriers that are affiliated with rural telephone companies.

Supporting Rural America, Strengthens All of America – Advocacy. Education. Relationships.

Board of Directors

Mike Kilgore, President and CEO
Mike Kilgore, President and CEOCEO
Sagebrush Cellular/Nemont (MT)
Bert Potts, Vice President
Bert Potts, Vice PresidentWireless Manager
STRATA Networks (UT)
Jana Wallace, Secretary
Jana Wallace, SecretaryCOO
Panhandle Tel. Coop. (PTCI) (OK)
Roger Schmitz, Treasurer
Roger Schmitz, TreasurerCFO
NewCore Wireless (MN)
Jake Baldwin
Jake BaldwinGeneral Counsel
Bravado Wireless
James Dunn
James DunnCEO Copper Valley Wireless (AK)
Todd Houseman
Todd HousemanCEO
United Wireless
John Nettles
John NettlesPresident
Pine Belt Wireless (AL)
Brian Woody
Brian WoodyChief Customer Relations Officer
Union Wireless (WY)

Our Team

Carri Bennet
Carri BennetGeneral Counsel
Daryl Zakov
Daryl ZakovAsst. General Counsel
Michele Giroux
Michele GirouxChief Administrative Officer

Standing Committees

The Public Policy Committee is tasked with assessing the impact of legislative and regulatory policy developments that stand to affect the operations of small, rural wireless carriers. This committee helps shape the association’s legislative and regulatory agendas and public policy initiatives in order to better serve the associations’ members.

  • Bert Potts, Strata – Committee Chair
  • Jake Baldwin, Cross Wireless
  • Mark Cole, 4G Unwired
  • Chad Duvall, Moss Adams
  • Shawn Hanson, PTCI
  • Jerry Kadavy, Pioneer
  • Mike Kilgore, Nemont
  • Jon Lightle, Nex-Tech Wireless
  • Lynn Merrill, Monte R. Lee & Company
  • John Nettles, Pinebelt
  • Chris Reno, Union Wireless
  • Jeff Smith, GVNW Consulting
  • Jerry Tilley, Nemont

The Education Committee guides the association in assessing its members’ educational needs. The committee provides educational briefings and resource recommendations to RWA’s members on technical, financial, operational, and marketing matters. The Educational Committee also serves as a clearinghouse for instructional material and educational webcasts that serve to inform RWA members about revenue generating opportunities and/or cost saving methodologies.

  • Jana Wallace, Panhandle, Chair
  • Dave Fritz, Nokia
  • Aaron Gillespie, Nex-Tech Wireless
  • Grif Griffin, West Central Wireless
  • Todd Houseman, United Wireless
  • Dave Kirk, t3 Broadband
  • Curtis Knobloch, Telispire
  • David Mould, Ericsson
  • Patrick Rhyne, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Mark Seagren, 4G Unwired

RWA is a member-driven association and our annual membership investments are the primary funding source for RWA’s powerful and successful advocacy. The purpose of the committee is to increase our membership base, generate ideas for and activate new member services to continue to strengthen our association.

  • Todd Houseman, United Wireless – Committee Chair
  • Dennie Mecham, Strata Networks
  • Lynn Merrill, Monte R. Lee & Company
  • Scott Robinson, 4G Wireless
  • Chris Ruhl, Cross Wireless
  • Tanya Sullivan, PlusOne
  • Roger Schmitz, Telsasoft
Each year, the Nominating Committee issues a call for nominations for vacancies on the Board and associated committees and councils. The Nominating Committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the Board.

  • Brian Woody, Union Wireless
  • Mike Kilgore, Sagebrush Cellular/Nemont
  • Roger Schmitz, NewCore Wireless
  • Bert Potts, Strata Networks

RWA’s specific-issue Councils are established by the Board. In contrast to the more generally focused standing committees, each Council serves as a narrowly focused information sharing and policy development forum for members interested in a specific technology, service, or issue. Councils may make recommendations to standing committees or to the Board regarding RWA’s involvement in such issues.

Councils include:

  • Strategic Relationships
  • Roaming
  • Mobile Devices
  • Marketing
  • Content and Premium Services
  • Towers and Siting
  • Wireless Resellers

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